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Future of deep fried Twinkie uncertain

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Friday's announcement concerning the liquidation of the Hostess brand is having effects beyond bakeries.

One local business depends on the popular Twinkie for a customer favorite.

Patrons of the Mermaids Casino in downtown Las Vegas say they'll make a trip to the establishment just for a taste of its decadent signature treat, the deep fried Twinkie.

"The crunch… the cream popping out the middle," said one satisfied customer.

"On the outside it's a little crisp, and when you bite it's real soft and it just explodes in your mouth," said another.

The news of Hostess closing has Twinkie enthusiasts lining up for the fried goody, which might not be available much longer.

"I was laying in bed, watching the news yesterday when I heard about it and I just got up and all of the sudden I had to go get a Twinkie," another customer at Mermaids said.

"We come here for the deep fried Twinkies because we love them and whenever we plan a trip out here we make sure to stop and get one," said customer Larry Mason.

Casino manager Steve Culp said customers line up out the door to get the fried cake on a stick. He plans to stock up on Twinkies and continue to sell them as long as he can. After that, the future of Mermaids' deep fried indulgence is uncertain.

"It's a big question mark. We don't know at this time. We do have other products, but people do tend to come in for those. We do advertise them out front," Culp said.

Still, Culp is not worried about his casino. He said most of the revenue comes from gaming.

FOX5 spoke with people who are already stocking up on their favorite Hostess snacks, buying cases of Twinkies and more.

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